Internationals: England win again at Under-17 World Cup
news Wed 11 Oct 2017
The Blues were heavily represented as England Under-17s beat Mexico 3-2 at the World Cup in India this afternoon to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
Four Chelsea players – Marc Guehi [pictured above], Jon Panzo, George McEachran and Callum Hudson-Odoi – started for England, with Conor Gallagher among the subs, as they made it two wins from their opening two games.
The first half was one of few clear-cut opportunities at either end, but it was England who stole the initiative six minutes before the break when Rhian Brewster curled a wonderful free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net.
Hudson-Odoi went off at half-time to be replaced by Angel Gomes, and just three minutes after the restart England extended their lead when the impressive Phil Foden displayed wonderful technique to score with a left-footed strike from just outside the box.
Jadon Sancho then made it 3-0, from the penalty spot, as England threatened to run away with the game, but two goals in the space of seven minutes, both scored by Diego Lainez, brought Mexico right back into the contest.
Gallagher was introduced with 17 minutes to play as England endured a nervy finish, particularly with a further five minutes of added time to play, but they managed to hold on for another important victory and qualify for the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Panzo, Guehi and McEachran all completed the full game for England, who play Iraq in their final group match on Saturday.